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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One's native land.
  • n. The land of one's ancestors.
  • n. A country considered as the origin of something.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The country of one's ancestors.
  • n. The country of one's birth.
  • n. Country of origin.
  • n. Mother country in contrast to its colonies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The country of one's ancestors; -- same as fatherland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The land of one's origin; fatherland; the land whence a people originally sprang.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the country where you were born

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